Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chapter 1 Blog Assignment

Do you think people take idea of democracy for granted…. Why, anything to be done about it.

     I do think people take the idea of democracy for granted. I believe this because they want the democracy but they do not want to do their part for it. Examples of this is the lack of voter turn out, amount of people that want out of jury duty, and overall lack of involvement. In this country it is often easy to complain when things do not go as one hopes and yet those same individuals did not homework on the issues, people behind the issues, or those coming into office. As a whole we get so caught up in the media frenzy of this politician attacking this one that we become jaded that we know everything about one or that we don't know enough about another and instead of researching it stops there. Thus so many people vote without facts or don't vote because they feel they do not have enough facts.

    My biggest suggestion on how this can be fixed is to create more open caucus' in more locations to allow additional people involved. Go straight to the horses mouth as I heard often growing up.

Why do you think Separation of powers is so crucial, so important

     I believe the separation of powers is so crucial so we stay a democracy. People are only human and in the end most have an inner desire to further themselves. That being said with the separation we are doing exactly what the framers hoped for. No one can person/group can become the prime power as not only do they have separate powers but they can not function without each other. Also with each having some power over the other, there is virtually no way of one taking over the others. This has allowed America to stay a democracy and not fall into dictatorship. I also feel the separation of powers allows the people to be better involved and the constitution to be better served as it keeps a greater number and diversity of people in power.

Where so I fall in line of ideology and why?
    I am a moderate on the line of ideology. I fall closer to the right side and conservative but I have liberal type ideas as well. I believe taxes should be lowered and more across the board, yet I strongly support social help programs like welfare and unemployment. On that though I am conservative in thinking the government does not restrict access to these programs enough; I believe in a helping hand not a hand out. I do not stand with the conservatives with same gender marriage and rights yet I do when it comes to abortion. I feel if we have a law about taking a life, that even means unborn babies. I am conservative on the lines of gun laws as well. My strong ideas can be found on both sides which is why I would classify myself moderate yet I tend to find myself more aligned with conservatives in voting and thinking on most issues.


  1. Jess,

    I like your points about government aid and lower taxes. If taxes were lower than we would have more money to spend and thus more money to put into the economy. I feel that government aid programs are important but I feel that the government doesn't investigate welfare/food stamp abuse enough or take adequate preventative actions in order to minimize the number of people who abuse the system. I also believe that the government should provide more financial assistance to college students and those attending technical or vocational schools.

    You brought up a lot of good points. Good stuff.

    -Kevin Snelson

  2. you brought up a really good point about people getting out of jury duty, I never even thought about that and how people have an opportunity to have a say but don't really want to do the work to speak up.


  3. I agree with your points on democracy being taken for granted. I also appreciate your point of view on your ideology.

  4. Democracy is taken for granted. Everyone in America has a part to do for our government to work well. We need to make sure that we vote and are will educated on the people that we are voting for. I think you did a good job telling your point of view.

  5. "A helping hand, not a hand out" was probably my absolute favorite. I could not agree more on that subject. Some Americans expect things to come to them, without having to put forth the effort of earning them. Great Job!

  6. I completely agree with you about Americans taking our democracy for granted. It is way too easy for individuals to get out of anything they don't feel like doing, especially involving our country. It seems like those are the ones who seem to complain the most about what "is wrong" with our country, but do not put forth the effort to put in their opinion or vote. Well said!

  7. "I believe in a helping hand not a hand out." I agree entirely. What do you think of Florida drug-screening for welfare?

  8. Thank you everyone.

    Ashley, It is funny you ask me that. My senior paper was an argumentative essay with me for drug-screening for welfare. I am completely for it; I feel if my husband and 90% of the work force have to be drug tested for employment, then a government assistance program should drug screen as well.